Tag Archives: Egypt

Israel in Archaeology: The Merneptah Inscription

The Merneptah Stele is a hieroglyphic inscription on stone that attests to Israel’s presence in Canaan in the late-1200’s BC, during the biblical period of the Judges. The inscription was made by Pharaoh Merneptah who reigned over Egypt from ca. 1213 … Continue reading

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Walk through the British Museum without going to London

One of the greatest museums in the world has partnered with Google to let you visit without leaving home. You can now “walk” through the British Museum using Google Street View to observe thousands of artifacts as if you are there in person. … Continue reading

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Is Mark’s Gospel in a Mummy Mask?

Sources have recently reported that a late-1st century copy of Mark’s Gospel on papyrus has been discovered in secondary use as mummy wrapping. The dating is said to be ca. AD 90 or earlier, making it the earliest known copy … Continue reading

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Let’s Go to Gezer Together (with video)

Archaeological teams often take field trips to other sites during excavation season. Last Thursday afternoon, we went to the biblical city of Gezer. This site has seen the best of times and the worst of times. What does that mean? … Continue reading

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Archaeological News Roundup

After a month-long hiatus from posting (brought on by heavy time commitments), here are a few recent archaeological/biblical bits that jumped off the page: “17 Lost Egyptian Pyramids Discovered From Space” – Almost sounds like a plot line for a … Continue reading

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Update: Damage to Egyptian Antiquities

Looters have moved against other museums and sites in Egypt with some success. A group of looters attacked a warehouse at the Qantara Museum near the city of Ismailia on the Suez Canal that contained 3,000 objects from the Roman … Continue reading

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Egyptian Museum under threat by looters

The current unrest in Egypt poses significant danger to priceless artifacts in its most important museum. The Egyptian army secured Cairo’s famed antiquities museum early Saturday, protecting thousands of priceless artifacts, including the gold mask of King Tutankhamun, from looters. … Continue reading

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Interesting “Book and Spade” Program

This week’s podcast on “The Book and the Spade” is titled “Shasu of Yahweh” and discusses some specific Egyptian hieroglyphs that mention a god named Yahweh, which happens to be the biblical name of the God of Israel. One quote … Continue reading

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Lost Persian Army Found in Egypt?

(Honestly, this is not a plot for another Brendan Fraser “Mummy” movie.) The remains of a mighty Persian army said to have drowned in the sands of the western Egyptian desert 2,500 years ago might have been finally located, solving … Continue reading

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Fragment of ‘Oldest Bible’ (Codex Sinaiticus) Discovered

A 30 year-old Greek researcher, pursuing a PhD in Britain, found a fragment of the Codex Sinaiticus in St. Catherine’s Monastery. The  monastery is located by Mt. Horeb – the traditional Mt. Sinai – in Egypt. The Codex Sinaiticus is a … Continue reading

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